* AcceptableTargets: Women, the Church, the Flemish, the Bourgeoisie.
* CoveredUp: His songs have been covered by numerous artists
** "Ne Me Quitte Pas" ("If You Go Away") by FrankSinatra, NinaSimone
** "Le Moribond" ("The Dying Man") by TerryJacks as "Seasons in the Sun"
** "Amsterdam" by DavidBowie
** Other cover artists: MarcAlmond, ScottWalker, LiesbethList,...
* GrowTheBeard: His earliest recordings are a bit naive and gentle MoralityBallad. Famous French chansonnier GeorgesBrassens even compared him with a preaching priest. Later his records matured enormously and became more cynical, introspective and even risqué. (DarkerAndEdgier in short)
* LoveItOrHateIt: Certain Flemish nationalists are not a fan of his work, due to Brel's often biting comments about them.
* {{Narm}}: While his LargeHam tendences were often awesome, sometimes they veered into this.
* TearJerker: Brel was known for his passionate and intense delivery, most memorable in "Ne Me Quitte Pas".